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Prison Reform


Research Question: The US is currently undergoing a crisis in its prisons with prison overcrowding taking place in almost every state. What are some alternatives to prisons and long prison sentences?

This topic will explore the different arguments related to prison reform. You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

Yackle, Larry. "Prisons and Prison Reform." Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 6. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 476-479. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.

  • From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type "Prison Reform" and then click Search
  • On the search results page, scroll down to the Dictionary of American History Click on the title of this article, “Prisons and Prison Reform”
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

“Prison Reform” by Peter Katel

  • From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "prison reform” and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: " Prison Reform" (Date 4/06/2007)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

• In the keyword search box type: Our Real Prison Problem
• Locate the article “Our Real Prison Problem” by Dahlia Lithwick
• Click “HTML Full text” to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type: Benefits and Costs of Early Prevention Compared With Imprisonment
  • Locate the article: "Benefits and Costs of Early Prevention Compared With Imprisonment: Toward Evidence-Based Policy". By Welsh and Farrington.
  • Click “Linked Full text” to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

 

Last modified: September 30, 2014